Bringing visibility to logistics infrastructure to aid economic development in India

DMICDC*

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    Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC)

NEC constructs a comprehensive logistics visualization platform to enable real-time tracking of containers in transit

The joint venture company DMICDC Logistics Data Services Limited established by NEC Corporation and DMIC Trust for providing logistics visualization services in India rolled out its services in July 2016. As part of these services, the new company affixes RFID tags to shipping containers starting their import journey and detaches the tags from containers leaving the country through ports in Mumbai. Positional information about containers in transit along the 1,500 km stretch between Delhi and Mumbai is obtained by RFID reader/writers installed at locations such as port entrances and exits, toll plazas on the expressway, and inland container depots where customs inspections are carried out and cargo is reloaded. This information is uploaded to the cloud and shared with other logistics systems such as port management systems. Consignors and freight forwarders only need to input the container number to pinpoint the location of their containers on a near real time basis. NEC provides total support for all aspects of the logistics visualization platform, from construction to operations.


Overcoming major logistics infrastructure issues such as lengthy transportation times and frequent delays

India's rapid economic growth is causing trouble for the country's logistics infrastructure. Transporting goods around the country takes a long time, and there are frequent delays. It is also very difficult to know exactly where shipments are at any given moment. Wishing to avoid the risk of running out of stock, consignors in the manufacturing industry have tended to overstock their inventories. Delays in constructing new logistics infrastructure have also created barriers to luring foreign investment and enhancing international competitiveness. To help solve these problems, the governments of India and Japan launched a joint development project, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Project, a smart community initiative that would implement specific measures to build up India's logistics infrastructure. The goal of this large-scale project was to lay approximately 1,500 kilometers of extra road between Delhi and Mumbai, along which would be built industrial complexes, distribution centers, commercial facilities, and other important infrastructure.

Using RFID tags to track in-transit containers in real time

NEC joined forces with Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Trust (DMIC Trust) to establish the joint venture company Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC) through which logistics visualization services have been rolled out in India. DMICDC affixes RFID tags to shipping containers at ports in Mumbai. The information on the tags can be read by hand-held scanners and matched with information in shipping documents. As a security measure, the tags only contain ID data. RFID information from containers in transit along the 1,500 km stretch between Delhi and Mumbai is obtained, together with a timestamp, by RFID reader/writers installed at locations such as port entrances and exits, toll plazas on the expressway, and inland container depots where customs inspections are carried out and cargo is reloaded. This information is uploaded to the cloud and shared with other logistics systems such as port management systems. Consignors and freight forwarders only need to input the container number to pinpoint the location of their containers travelling by road or rail between Delhi and Mumbai on a near real time basis.

As the official contractor, NEC provides total support for logistics visualization services

In addition to providing its globally acclaimed "Logistics Visualization System," NEC is also developing and operating the necessary platforms to enable total visibility of logistics infrastructure from start to finish. Through the new service that rolled out in July 2016, DMICDC is making transport container information visible, helping logistics operators identify issues in their infrastructure and contributing to the advancement of logistics services through value added services such as transport time prediction based on Big Data analysis.
Going forward, DMICDC is hoping to expand the service across the entire country. Through joint ventures such as this, NEC aims to use its expertise and track record in constructing and operating logistics visualization platforms that support all kinds of data collection methods—RFID, GPS, and manual input—and that can be freely linked with existing systems to improve logistics services not only in India, but in many other developing countries throughout the world.

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